On Sunday, February, 28th 2016 the 88th Academy Awards, located at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood, California, presented a musical performance by artist Lady Gaga, preforming her song “Til It Happens To You” from the documentary The Hunting Ground. The song, “Til It Happens to You” was a 2015 Oscar Nominee for the category “Music (Original Song)” with Music and Lyric by Diane Warren and Lady Gaga (both survivors of sexual assault). This was the first Academy Award nomination for Lady Gaga and the song was written for and featured in the documentary The Hunting Ground.
The Hunting Ground is a documentary about college campus rape and has made a name in the sexual assault community. “With studies indicating that 16-20% of women are sexually assaulted while attending college in the United States, more and more survivors are speaking about their experiences. As colleges strive to protect their brands and financial stability, assault victims often experience cover-ups by campus officials and police, but survivors continue to pursue their education and fight for changes in campus policies. (from thehuntinggroudfilm.com).”
Although “Til It Happens to You” did not win an Oscar that night (Spectre’s “Writing’s on the Wall” did), the live performance of it by Lady Gaga at the awards ceremony stole the show. As Lady Gaga gave a soulful performance of the song on piano, over 50 survivors of sexual assault came on appeared on stage behind her and helped her finish the song. The survivors on stage had “Not Your Fault” written on their arms and helped raise awareness of sexual assault to a national audience.
See Act Stop and No More partnered with the The Hunting Ground film, promoting the Lady Gaga awards show performance and offering sexual assault resources for audience members. Explore No More’s resources including Spanish and English Data sheets, logos, posters and sample social media posts, here: http://nomore.org/toolbox/